Home sweet dome
One reason for the Rays' struggles is their subpar performance at Tropicana Field this season:
2008-11 at Trop: 205-119 (.633)
2012 at Trop: 28-25 (.528)
Avg. R/G HR/G OPS
2012 road .239 4.346 .923 .694
2012 home .224 3.886 .943 .675
Meet the swinger and the singer
Ben and Julianna Zobrist are hosting a meet-and-greet session from noon-2 Saturday at the Tropicana Field team store; $5 gets you one item autographed by Ben and a copy of Julianna's new CD, Say It Now.
Quote of the day
"Why? I don't know."
Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on the lack of offense
Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Promotion: Luke Scott T-shirt for first 10,000 fans
Rays: LH Matt Moore (7-7, 4.01)
Orioles: RH Tommy Hunter (4-6, 5.72)
On Moore: The rookie is 6-2 with a 3.32 ERA in his past 10 starts after going 1-5, 4.76 in his first 10. He is 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in three games (two starts) vs. the Orioles.
On Hunter: He is scheduled to start despite working an inning of relief (14 pitches) Wednesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts vs. the Rays, plus 0-1, 4.50 in a 2010 Division Series game.
Rays vs. Hunter
Carlos Peña 5-for-12, 2 HR
B.J. Upton 3-for-12
Ben Zobrist 3-for-11
Orioles vs. Moore
Adam Jones 2-for-6
Matt Wieters 3-for-4, 2 HR
Saturday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 3.23); Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen (9-6, 3.65)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer